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Research Award

The Research Award is given for developing a research line that significantly contributes to novelty of the research at the Faculty of Science. The award holder will receive a diploma and a prize of 250.000 SEK for research.

Research Award 2021: Henrik Nilsson

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Henrik Nilsson studies the fungi kingdom using molecular methods. He was quick to see the paradigm shift face approaching mycology as more and more fungi species and fungi groups were detected through DNA sequencing of soil and wood but without observable structures by humans. Together with colleagues, he developed a DNA reference database (UNITE) to ensure the just classification of these fungi in the fungi kingdom.

Today, UNITE is a standard tool within mycology, and the botanical code seems to be headed toward a reworking based on UNITE’s principles. In addition to scientific breakthroughs, Henrik’s research has led to new tools and applications. His high-quality scholarly output is interdisciplinary and unique, and includes around 130 articles and around 25,000 citations, making him one of the most cited researchers at the University of Gothenburg year after year.

It is not just his outstanding research that makes him an excellent candidate to receive the Faculty's Research Award. His collegiality and enthusiasm as a teacher, course director, supervisor and communicator of science are also greatly appreciated."

 

2020
Karl Börjesson
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Motivation for the award:

"Karl Börjesson’s research is in the intersection between physics and chemistry. His research focus is basic photophysics of organic molecules and primarily has two specialisations: non-coherent photon upconversion and strong exciton-photon coupling with organic molecules. Being able to change the energy of a photon could allow increasing the maximum efficiency of a solar cell from 30 to 40 per cent through absorption of more of the sun’s photons. This possibility of being able to change electronic energy levels could, in the future, lead to much more efficient organic electronics and thus contribute to a more sustainable society.

Börjesson is a trained physical chemist and has developed an innovative experimental research field at the Division for Organic Chemistry that links physical chemistry and organic synthesis in an innovative way. Through top-notch research, an eager interest in both undergraduate and doctoral education, and greatly appreciated collegial generosity, Börjesson is significantly contributing to renewal, innovation, and collaboration within the faculty."

2019
Christine Bacon
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Christine Bacon’s research advances our understanding of plant systematics and its evolution by demonstrating macroevolutionary patterns in the diversity of species in tropical rainforests. Systematic biology and research into biodiversity will continue to be a driving force in finding solutions to the mass extinction of species, which requires knowledge on many levels, including ecosystems, diversity of species and genetic variation. 

Christine Bacon’s research aims to categorise the status of the threat to species and enable their protection through national and international legislation, and is thus of global benefit for conservation biology. 

She is developing and integrating automated tools for conservation analyses through robust new molecular methods. As such, Christine Bacon has contributed to the vitality into biodiversity research at the University of Gothenburg."

2018
Anna Godhe
Department of Marine Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Anna Godhe is a marine ecologist with specific expertise and research interests in the molecular ecology of phytoplankton. Her pioneering research brings together conventional disciplines in widely differing research projects, together with national and international colleagues from vastly differing disciplines.

Anna Godhe has discovered and uses a system where she can revive diatoms to life from sediment that is several hundreds of years old. This makes it possible to study both currently living and very old individuals of the same species from the same place and to compare them to discover how the environment and climate have impacted them. Anna Godhe has created a dynamic and successful research environment around this approach.

 

2017
Rebecka Jörnsten
Department of Mathematics

Motivation for the award:

Rebecka Jörnsten is a biostatistician who works across the entire field from basic statistical theory and method development to applications in close collaboration with medical scientists and biologists. She deserves much of the credit for introducing the new big data paradigm in the previously more traditionally-oriented mathematical statistics environment in Gothenburg. In this way she has had a crucial vitalizing effect on this research environment.

She has made significant contributions to the theory of large scale modeling, dimensional reduction, variable selection and network methodology, as well as to applications in bioinformatics, cancer research and systems biology.

 

2016
Orsola Tommasi
Department of Mathematics 

Motivation for the award:

Orsola Tommasi works in the field of algebraic geometry and specialises in the study of so-called moduli spaces. She has made relevant and well-recognised contributions in a research field of central importance in modern number theory and theoretical physics.

By providing counterexamples to fundamental assumptions, her research stretches the frontier to the unknown within mathematical theory. In this way she has established herself as a first-class mathematician. Orsola Tommasi is outgoing, has broad interests and contributes through her knowledge to fruitful collaborations and the development of research in her own and adjacent fields.

 

2015
Alexandre Antonelli
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Alexandre Antonelli is a leading researcher who has built up a new interdisciplinary research area at the Faculty of Science: Evolutionary biogeography. He has quickly established a strong and creative platform through his broad networks and international recruitments, where he combines advanced technology, large amounts of data and development of methodology.

The result is excellent publications, prestigious grants and visibility in the media. Alexandre Antonelli combines the ability to collaborate and inspire with innovative research of the highest quality in a very impressive way.

 

2014
Sam Dupont
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Sam Dupont is a leading researcher in a very urgent research area: how marine species and ecosystems are affected by global warming and ocean acidification caused by high carbon dioxide levels. With independence, accuracy, integrity and excellence, he has contributed to basic understanding of these complex issues.

He has also renewed the laboratory operations at Kristineberg by developing the Ocean acidification laboratory.

 

2013
Sofia Thorsson
Department of Earth Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Sofia Thorsson's research on urban climate contributes to renewal within the Faculty of Science. This is especially true in her close collaboration with psychologists, medical practitioners and logistics, which has given knowledge about links between weather, well-being, health and mobility.

Sofia is a great research leader – she is innovative and successful in collaborations within and outside the academy and has an excellent ability to receive external funding in fierce competition.

 

2012
Göran Hilmersson
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2011
Johan Åkerman
Department of Physics

2010
Richard Neutze
Department of Chemistry

2009
Hans Linderholm
Department of Earth Sciences

2008
Henrik Pavia
Department of Marine ecology

 

Doctoral Thesis Award

This award is given for successful and novel research that has been presented in a well written thesis. The award holder will receive a diploma and a prize.

Doctoral Thesis Award 2021: Tobias Andermann

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Despite the short time that has passed since then, the research and publications presented in Tobias Andermanns dissertation have already had a clear impact in the field of evolutionary biology, especially in understanding the current crisis of biodiversity. More specifically, this dissertation promotes the field of evolutionary biology, by showing how big data can be effectively processed and analysed to inform us about current and past changes in biodiversity - a topic of the highest relevance internationally and in Sweden. Tobias has produced remarkable research during his doctoral studies that has already received a large media coverage."

2020
Therese Karlsson
Department of Marine Sciences

2019
Hanna Thomsen
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2018
Kristina Linscott
Department of Conservation

2017
Afshin Houshang
Department of Physics

2016
Jonas Einarsson
Department of Physics

2015
Ezio Iacocca
Department of Physics

2014
Linda Johansson
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2013
Swantje Enge
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

2012
Gustav Sonne
Department of Physics

2011
Aron Hakonen
Department of Chemistry

2010
Anders Lennartsson
Department of Chemistry

The Pedagogical Award

The Faculty of Science’s Pedagogical Award is awarded annually to focus attention on good efforts within education. The award consists of a SEK 100.000 operational contribution.

After 2012 The Pedagogical Award transformed from being an Award for the entire university to be an Award at each Faculty.

Pedagogical Award 2021:  Heather Reese

Department of Earth Sciences 

Motivation for the award:

"Heather Reese began teaching at the Department of Earth Sciences in 2018 and quickly introduced remote sensing with drones as an obvious part of undergraduate courses and projects. She has also integrated her expertise in programming, AI and big data in her teaching, which provides the students with highly in demand skills when they enter the workforce.

Heather is being recognised with this award for using her educational expertise and creativity to develop new courses, both on campus and online, where she has succeeded in communicating the state of the art in a way that everyone can understand. Her courses are greatly appreciated by both students and teaching colleagues, who in turn benefit of the students’ knowledge of the subject."

2020

Donald Blomqvist
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences 

Motivation for the award:

"Donald Blomqvist has a long and greatly appreciated teaching career within ecology and biostatistics. Donald has also been active for several years as the director of studies and the chair of the advisory council for biology and molecular biology. On several occasions, he has been nominated and twice received the Pedagogical Award from the Göta Students’ Union.

The students’ award statement includes words like enthusiasm, playfulness, and, not least, Gothenburg humour. Donald has succeeded in ways no one else has been able to in making statistics tests and mathematical modelling accessible even to students who have not yet come very far in their mathematical understanding. He can explain difficult concepts so that they are both exciting and graspable.

Donald shows concern for student learning, takes the bachelor’s programme very seriously, and never compromises on quality. He always has an unwavering focus on the student perspective and has been a driving force behind the department’s continual dialogue with students that has contributed to developing the department’s teaching and that students feel seen and enjoy studying at the department."

2019

Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander
Department of Physics

Motivation for the award:

"Taking a pedagogical perspective, Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander have developed software that supports students’ understanding and provides rapid feedback that drives the learning process forward. 

The software prompts the students to become learning resources for each other, as discussions and troubleshooting are part of what the program offers. It also encourages the students to adopt a more active way of working. Furthermore, it supports lecturers so that they can give rapid feedback on assignments and more clearly measure the progress of students as the course continues. 

The software has been developed in open-source code to allow both university lecturers and upper secondary school teachers to use, modify and disseminate the program. It has been used very successfully on a number of courses, including the Physics Programme, the Medical Physics Programme and in Teacher Education Programmes at the University of Gothenburg, and Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. 

The course directors, calculation exercise instructors and students who have worked with the software feel that it has made a very positive contribution to learning and understanding the course material."

2018

Kristina Luthman
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Motivation for the award:

Professor Kristina Luthman has had a significant role in establishing medicinal chemistry in Gothenburg. Luthman has also contributed to ensuring dermatochemistry began as a subject at the University of Gothenburg.

With a leading medicinal chemistry programme at the university, the pharmacy and prescriptionist programmes were established as important professional programmes. Through her dedicated work in several significant working groups and committees, Luthman has had a major influence in how both these programmes have been designed since their start, which is also true for courses in organic chemistry.

Today, Luthman is a leading medicinal chemist in Europe and she has maintained a large amount of research activities over many years. In addition, in Luthman we see a very appreciated teacher, by both students and colleagues, who has shown great professionality in how she tackles her mission within undergraduate education. With a student-focused approach, she has created a balance of requirements and fairness, contributed with important expertise and eagerly driven development of her subject for the benefit of many programmes at the University of Gothenburg.

2017

Michael Axelsson
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Michael Axelsson was awarded the Faculty of Science’s Pedagogical Award for his long-standing efforts as a pioneer, trendsetter and driving force for IT-based teaching in biology at the University of Gothenburg.

Since 1998, Michael has developed his own, the entire department’s and later the faculty’s and university’s understanding of IT-based education. Michael uses a wide-ranging of interactive IT-based teaching and, early on, he began using recorded material in his instruction. Michael has also built up an ALC room at the department and is pushing to spread its use with colleagues.

2016

Gunnar Almevik
Department of Conservation

2015

Kerstin Wiklander
Department of Mathematics

2014

Anne Farewell
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2013

There was no award in 2013.

2012

Maria Sundin
Department of Physics

Received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award 2012.

2005

Anne Farewell
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award 2005.

 

The Synergy Award

The Synergy Award recognises positive efforts within the Faculty of Science’s community outreach. The award is in the form of a SEK 250,000 grant to the recipient’s department for appreciated and successful community outreach efforts. The Faculty’s 2021 award will be presented on 2 December.

Synergy Award 2021: Deliang Chen

Department of Earth Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Deliang Chen is a respected international scientist in Earth System Science and an excellent scientific communicator who has made great contributions to climate science and global sustainability.

His significant efforts to link science to policy making can be illustrated by his substantial engagement in leading or participating in several climate change assessment panels. These panels are instrumental for political decision making at the regional, national and global level. He was selected by the UN as Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s fifth and sixth assessment reports. Furthermore, he has advised various governmental, intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations as well as research funding agencies. Deliang is also a frequent voice in Swedish media.

A recent example of his engagement is his involvement in the Nobel Prize Summit entitled "Our Planet, Our Future" which explored the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? The summit resulted in a powerful statement, which has been circulated around the world and will have a significant future impact."